When looking for the best drones for kids, a parent needs to do quite some research to make things safe, make sure it’s legal and fun for everyone.
Since nobody got time for so much confusion, I made this article especially tailored for those of you who want to learn everything there is to know and make a decision without reading anything else.
How are toy drones any different compared to adult ones?
Funny thing is that usually, contrary to popular belief, the cheaper smaller drones are harder to pilot compared to the more expensive ones that come with sensors and GPS and can simply float without even touching the remote.
Typical toy drones can be easily blown away by wind and need constant adjustment from the pilot (in this case probably your kids). However, this makes it a great platform to learn how to fly for beginners and kids alike.
What to look for in a drone for kids?
What you’ll usually see is that most of them have 4 rotors, that’s why they’re called quadcopters, but some can come with 3 and others with up to 6.
There are some important specs you should look for in a quadcopter for children:
Propeller Guards - I personally look for an entire cage all around the drone propellers that protects both the kids from the propellers themselves as well as allowing the drones to hit the walls indoors and keep flying. This will save you a lot of props in time from destruction and help the boys/girls fly for longer without crashing.
Durability - Just like some toys seem to break after one day of use and others seem to last a lifetime, the same applies to toy drones. While these are more prone to being destroyed because of their complexity, the drones I’ll recommend have proven from personal trials that are more durable than other similar ones.
Battery Life - There’s something you’ll notice with small toy drones, and that is that the battery life is short and usually directly proportional to the size of the quadcopter. At the end, I’ll cover some drones that have longer battery life.
Camera - While you shouldn't expect anything groundbreaking from toy drone cameras, some are actually pretty good to explore the house from above or the neighborhood or take some selfies. I’ll also cover some really capable camera drones that can be operated by kids on this list, but keep in mind that the better the camera and stabilization, the more expensive the package.